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Palacio Nacional de Mafra

Terreiro D. Joao V, Mafra 2640, Portugal
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Mafra
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Resort Communities
Activities: Dining
Traveler Description: Mafra Palace The Mafra Palace is located at Terreiro D. João V. Mafra is a town of 11,000 and holds the Mafra Palace. The palace, which also served... more »
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Although part of the Palace is being repaired it is still in a beautiful condition and we spent a couple of hours touring at a leisurely pace. It is the second time that we have visited and we still enjoyed the time looking around this beautiful palace. I would recommend anyone to visit this location

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Montefollonico, Italy
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96 reviews 96 reviews
19 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Joao V built this huge castle for his passion, hunting!It took 23 years to build and there were almost 50000 workwers employed to do the job. 2000 of them died. The state was almost bankrupt at completion of this castle and most of it was financed by the colony Brasil. It is 40,000 squre meters large. You feel lost inside!... More

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Cascais, Portugal
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I have lived in Portugal now for over 2 years. Mafra is one of my most favorite towns! In August there is a festival of breads and pastries and it is simply delightful and tasty!!!! The cathedral has recently been renovated and they have done an exceptional job. The statues and the magnitude of the cathedral is simply amazing. This... More

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149 attraction reviews
208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Traveling between Oporto and Lisbon, our tour scheduled a stop in Sintra where we had the opportunity to tour the interior of this historical treasure, built at the end of the 14th century. A most beautiful dining room (sala dos cisnes) ceiling depicts 27 white swans, all wearing a royal crown upside down around their necks. The swans appear to... More

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Cerritos, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
43 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We toured here in early May. The building is huge and is full of all sorts of interesting furniture and architecture. There is even a room in which everything is made of antlers. The library rivals the one in Coimbra. The place is huge - we felt like we walked for miles. Exhibits were well marked. The building has had... More

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north yorkshire
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

One really does not expect to find this palace, one of the largest in Europe, in the middle of a smallish town in the middle of Portugal but it is well worth the journey. This was one of the royal summer retreats but has shared alternative uses over the years, and the hospital area with its beds and undescribable instruments... More

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Port aux Basques, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The huge palace and cathedral look a little austere and decrepit (run down) from the outside. We almost didn't do the full interior visit (6€) but it was well worth it. A very kind, friendly and helpful staff member (is anybody in Portugal not kind, friendly and helpful?) explained to us with pleasure some of the extraordinary history. Many of... More

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162 reviews 162 reviews
47 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Huge palace that once was the summer place to the monarchy but in the same time, place for monks. Very interesting and wonderful library!

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Ottawa, Canada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
37 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Another attraction closed when the information/signage showed it should be open. Given that we drove out of our way to see this, it was very disappointing to find it locked up tight!! Square leading up to the Palacio is very large. Not all was lost as we had one of the best lunches (and only 8 euro for 2 soup,... More

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Algarve, Portugal
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198 reviews 198 reviews
35 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

This is a huge palace , well perserved, must visit it with time. Has everything. The palace itself, the enfermary, the church with the fabulous bells and organs, and one of the most amazing librarys in the world.

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